Best of 2023: the WDET playlist

WDET’s music hosts share their favorite music of 2023, from Sufjan Stevens to Karriem Riggins and beyond.

Best of 2023: The WDET Playlist

WDET’s music hosts have compiled every song they loved in 2023 and narrowed it down to only the very best for this playlist. It includes everything from Tyler, The Creator to Animal Collective; from Sufjan Stevens to Karriem Riggins and beyond.

With over 100 songs spanning dozens of genres, this playlist has “Your New Favorite Song” written all over it.

Take a listen:

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Ryan Patrick Hooper smiles in WDET's studios

Ryan Patrick Hooper, CultureShift

Aired Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, 2023

Gorilla by Little Simz

Weak In Your Light by Nation of Language

Amöban by Little Dragon

Will Anybody Ever Love Me? By Sufjan Stevens

Drinkin’ on a Tuesday by Sarah Mary Chadwick

Rust (feat. Tom Misch) by Yussef Dayes

I Play My Bass Loud by Gina Birch

HEAVEN TO ME by Tyler, The Creator

Sushi by Eddie Logix

Flimsier by King Krule

Los Angeles (feat. James Murphy) by Lol Tolhurst, Budgie, Jacknife Lee

Ready To Ball by Kassa Overall

One Touch by BAMBII

Run by Madison McFerrin, Bobby McFerrin

I Don’t Know You by Mannequin Pussy

Mr Medicine (Live) by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Up and Comer by SPRINTS

Barley by Water From Your Eyes

New York Transit Queen by Corinne Bailey Rae

Treasure by HotWax

Sunflower by Nabihah Iqbal

Is U by Overmono

I Shimmer by Jadu Heart

Seaforth by King Krule

Close To You by Sharon Van Etten

It Must Change by ANOHNI, Antony and the Johnsons

Whirlpool Dub (Adrian Sherwood ‘Reset In Dub’ Version) by Panda Bear, Sonic Boom

Flowers by Jordan Rakei

The Universe by Róisín Murphy, DJ Koze

What Now by Brittany Howard

Vampire Empire by Big Thief

Abandoned Car Seat by Kevin Reynolds


Ann Delisi poses in WDET's studios

Ann Delisi, Ann Delisi’s Essential Music

Aired Dec. 7, 2023

kisses by Slowdive

My Sentiment by Universal Togetherness Band

Nothing Compares To You by Britti

Mint Julep by Mac Saturn

Give Me A Reason by Dominique Fils-Aimé

Ready Set Go by Grace Potter

When We Were Close by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Podaruj mi Trochę Słońca by Bemibem

What Now by Brittany Howard

Willing & Able by Lee Lewis


Jon Moshier smiles in WDET's studios

Jon Moshier, Modern Music

Aired Dec. 8, 2023

Born Losers by Autogramm

Sitting Around by PowerSolo

Blue-Stained Lips by Grrrl Gang

If You Knew How Much I Love You by The Sugar Clouds

Sunken Sunbeam by Mango Star

Kursk by Love Interest

Out There by Water From Your Eyes

Broke Zodiac by Animal Collective

shanty by Slowdive

Uh Oh by Truth Club

I Thought You’d Change by Hotline TNT

Glare by Deeper

worlds greatest emoter by bar italia


Amanda LeClaire hosting CultureShift

Amanda LeClaire, CultureShift

Aired Dec. 11, 2022

Hello by Hania Rani

UL504 by Anish Kumar

Waiting for Dawn by The Seshen

Heading For The Door by Royel Otis

I Am The River by Lael Neale

Tribal Warning Shot (feat. Trish Damon) by Hunting Lodge

Forgot To Grow by High Vis

Everything I Ever Wanted by Delilah Holliday

As I Am by DRAMA

Hollywood Bowl (feat. Lana Del Rey) by Rob Grant


Rob Reinhart laughs in WDET's studios

Rob Reinhart, Rob Reinhart’s Essential Music

Aired Dec. 13, 2023

Pegasus (Acoustic) by Arlo Parks

Cast Iron Skillet by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Yet to Be (feat. Jason Isbell) by Rhiannon Giddens

Javelin (To Have And To Hold) by Sufjan Stevens

Come Around and Love Me by Jalen Ngonda

Say Yes by Apropos

Angry by The Rolling Stones

Spirit 2.0 by Sampha

Nu-Grape by Hiss Golden Messenger

World On Fire by Dolly Parton

Ohio by Cautious Clay & Joshua Karpeh

All I Need Is You by Adam Plomaritas


Tia Graham smiles in WDET's studios

Tia Graham, CultureShift

Aired Dec. 14, 2023

Ladies Room by Olivia Dean

Hater’s Anthem by Infinity Song

Float (feat. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80) by Janelle Monáe

RagJazz by NEONE the Wonderer

Accidents by The Idiot Kids

You & Me by Genevieve Stokes

FEEL GOOD (feat. Safa) by ByHaze

1080p (feat. HXNS) by Elujay

Super Shy by NewJeans

Rebels (feat. April + VISTA) by Little Dragon

Conceited by Lola Young

Westside by Nevi

Wolves (feat. Buto) by Cynáa-Nicole

Petit à Petit (feat. Agnès Hélène) by Ireke


Nick Austin DJs at the Motown Mansion

Nick Austin, Soul Saturday

Aired Dec. 14, 2023

Five Star Hotels. (feat. The Heritage Orchestra) [Live at the Royal Albert Hall] by RAYE

Marching Band (feat. Masego) by Yussef Daves

Self by Cleo Sol

She Said by Katie Tupper

Hideaway by Joy Denalane

Stuck Wit U by Nao Yoshioka & Blue Lab Beats

Question (feat. Amber Navran & Jussi Halme) by Misha

Landing Soft by Latanya Alberto

I Can Say To You (feat. Vanisha Gould) by Butcher Brown

God Willing by Black Milk

12’s In 8 by Karriem Riggins

Closer to the Sun by Na Bonsai

More Than a Love Song by Black Pumas

2 Steppin’ by CHERISE

Talk To Me by Koko


Jeff Milo smiles in WDET's main control room

Jeff Milo, Milo Minute

To hear all of Jeff’s picks from the year, listen to his 11-hour playlist.

Keep On the Light by Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful

Salt by Dirt Room

Loveless by Zilched

Black as Lead by Na Bonsai

Telescope by The High Strung

Usually by Jake Droze & Lilahk

Last Call by Emily Parrish

Mirror Room by toughie

I Have Everything by pia the band

Sa-Wah-Quato (feat. Samantha Cooper) by Timothy Monger

Linwood by Carmel Liburdi

Different This Year by The City Lines

Humongous by Phased Out

Porch Light by Ally Evenson

Sorry by Mango Star


A young Ed Love smiles in WDET's studios

Ed Love, Destination Jazz

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See Ed’s Highly Recommended New CDs for 2023.


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